MS Dhoni announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will take over as India skipper for the fourth and final Test of the series, which India have already lost, in Sydney.
Dhoni was unbeaten on 24 when the match was called off early at the MCG - four overs were left and India had four wickets left and he made no mention of his retirement during the customary Dhoni's press conference at the end of the match.
"One of India's Successful Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket pointed the strain of playing all formats of game," BCCI said.
MS Dhoni was India's most successful skipper with 27 wins in his 60-Test tenure, which began in 2008. His first Test as skipper was against South Africa in Kanpur in April that year, because of an injury to regular captain Anil Kumble, and he took over full time after Kumble retired following the Delhi Test against Australia in October. MS Dhoni lead India to the No. 1 Test ranking in 2009, a Place they enjoyed until the tour of England in 2011.
Overall, MS Dhoni played 90 Tests in a career that began in 2005 and made 4876 runs at an average of 38, with a high score of 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013. As a wicketkeeper, he effected 294 dismissals, the fifth highest in Test cricket.